During this time, devour Jews try to spend some time in a "sukkah" - a simple shelter that recalls the wanderings of the children of Israel in the wilderness. Jews traditionally have made great efforts to rejoice, even at times of severe repression and persecution, thus affirming their faith. Simchat Torah, the last day of Sukkot, focuses on the Torah. It is a joyful event, with much participation by children.
The Prophet's Night Journey to Jerusalem and Ascension (Muslim)
Muhammad was taken from Mecca to Jerusalem by the Angel Gabriel on the winged horse Buraq. Then he ascended to the presence of God, who instructed him with many rules of Islam. Mosques and minarets are lit, and devout Muslims keep watch through the night, praying and reading stories of the event.
Inter Faith Week of Prayer for World Peace
A week during which major faiths unite to include prayers for world peace in their regular services.
In the Sikh community, this is a festival of lights, with feasting and the sharing of sweets, gifts and cards. Lamps are lit outside gurdwaras and often outside homes. Among the stories associated with the Sikh Diwali is that of the release of Guru Hargobind from captivity in the 17th century.